By STACY BAUER & DAX HUGHES
Jimplecute Movie Reviewers
Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female-led superhero film is also a prequel wrapped in an origin story. Directed and co-written by the husband-and-wife team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Sugar and Half Nelson), we find ourselves on planet Hala where Vers (Brie Larson) is a Kree inhabitant (race of aliens) and Starforce pilot under the command of Yon–Rogg (Jude Law – who, by the way, ages like fine wine).
Vers was Carol Danvers, an Air Force test pilot on Earth, and because of amnesia, has unexplained superpowers and haunting flashbacks to an earlier life, which features Supreme Intelligence (the commanding Annette Bening), the ruler of Kree. Galactic war ensues.
Caught in an enemy ambush by the expansion-minded aliens, the Skrull, whose task is made easier due to shape-shifting abilities, Vers escapes and lands on Earth mid 90s.
Here she connects with future S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). I say “future,” but it’s very much “past,” as in, CGI technology has deaged him, also to his mid 90s form.
This effect leaves something to be desired, as it’s distracting, and a bit unsettling, taking you out of the movie. Nick Fury and partner Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) investigation is interrupted by a Skrull attack.
In the ensuing chase, Vers recovers a crystal containing her extracted memories and Fury kills a Skrull impersonating Coulson. We soon learn Vers was a U.S. Air Force pilot who was presumed dead in 1989, after testing an experimental engine designed by a Dr. Wendy Lawson, whom she recognizes as the older woman from her nightmares, and a friend of former pilot Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), who is all heart.
An unexpected plot twist occurs, forcing Vers-cum-Captain Marvel to consider how her past has formed her, examine existing loyalties, and ultimately realize her truest and full potential. She’s presented as whole in her flaws, which is refreshing for once, to the mere mortals cheering her on.
We all can relate to this strong female character. Be sure to sit tight until the very end for a mid-credits scene set in the present day as well as a post-credits scene set in 1995.
“Captain Marvel” is rated PG-13 and runs 128 minutes.
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